Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reading Envy 061: Never Do That to a Book

Elizabeth (from Episode 033) is back to discuss books she's read recently. We are sometimes joined by children, dogs, and airplanes taking off from a nearby airport, but please just settle in as if you were in a friend's living room with all the ephemera. Welcome!

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Books discussed:



Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Some Day by Shemi Zarhin
Ex Libris: Collections of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Other mentions:
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Any Human Heart (miniseries)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
The History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
A Universal History of the Destruction of Books  by Fernando Baez
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories by Joy Williams


Related Episodes:
Episode 033 - An Undulating Thrum with guests Ruth and Elizabeth
 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Library Books Mid-June 2016

I resurfaced from teaching my reading class on June 1, and went overboard at all the libraries! I need to get through these soon or I will have to return them unread, especially the interlibrary loan titles.


A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The Secret Lovers by Charles McCarry
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

Two of these novels are for my Africa 2016 reading project - the Agualusa is from Angola and was also a nominee for the Man Booker International Prize this year. The Badkhen is non-fiction and looked good. I can't remember where I saw it mentioned, but I requested it from the library immediately.

I had pulled the King off the shelf when I was contemplating books in genres I don't usually read (and ended up with Amish romance and sports), and this is a book that comes up often in my book club. They read it before I joined them, but it stuck. I'm sure I'll like it once I get into it (why is non-fiction so hard to start?) I'm not sure I'll end up really reading the Osen but will definitely skim it for the titles. That was one that was near another book in the library and came home with me.

Some books were because of frequent mentions - Williams, Chee (also the June pick of one of my Goodreads groups), and Fuller. Fuller was also recommended by Nathan Ballingrud, the Hand (and maybe the Bennett) was recommended by Jeff VanderMeer, and the McCarry is just the next Paul Christopher book in my attempt to work through those spy novels. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Reading Envy 060: A Good Era for Communists

Jenny is joined at the Reading Envy pub by Rose Davis, one generation removed from a previous guest! We cover a lot of ground, historically and geographically, from moody moors to being raised by vampires for political reasons to whether or not an Oprah Book Club sticker makes us more or less interested to read a book.

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Books discussed:



Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry
Prudence by Gail Carriger
Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Other mentions:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Don't Look Now: Selected Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry 
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Soulless by Gail Carriger
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin
The Lady of the Camelias by Alexandre Dumas
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
A Good Story is Hard to Find Podcast Episode 134: Aliens

Related Episodes:
Episode 052 - The Man with the Eyebrows with Philip and Scott
Episode 055 - Too Late for an Autopsy with Julie Davis
 
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Books I Read in May 2016 (121-143)

 
(Pictured: 5-star reads from May)

121. The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (library; my review)
122. Letters to Tiptree edited by Alexandra Pierce (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
123. The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
124. Human Acts by Han Kang (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
125. Ruby by Cynthia Bond (library; my review)
126. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
127. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie (library; my review)
128. Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
129. The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston (public library; my review)
130. Hotels of North America by Rick Moody (public library; my review)
131. The Past by Tessa Hadley (interlibrary loan; my review)
132. When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin (library eBook; my review)
133. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (library; my review)
134. The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (public library; my review)
135. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (library; my review)
136. The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarrry (interlibrary loan; my review)
137. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
138. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (library; my review)
139. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (eBook; my review)
140. You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Short Stories by Alice Walker (interlibrary loan; my review)
141. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Read by Sunil Malhotra (audiobook; my review)
142. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
143. The Door by Magda Szabo (library; my review)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Books In, May 2016

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Likeness by Tana French
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Leaving the Fold by Marlene Winell

I purchased the Ballingrud, French, and Winell from Amazon, for entirely different reasons! I had recently acquired French #3 and #4 at a used book sale, previously read #1, and wanted to remedy missing a volume, so just bought a random used copy that I could use Amazon Prime to ship. Ballingrud of course has been on my podcast and I would have ended up reading this one, but then he was nominated for an award, and I wanted to read it sooner rather than later! The Winell is for my own personal journey, about dealing with a past laden with fundamentalism.

I staged a readathon for my Reading Class and one of the things we did was have a book swap. I snagged the Eggers and Lindbergh from the table - I actually don't want to read the Eggers but it was on the nomination list for my book club, and I thought if it ended up on the list I might as well have a copy! I know I've heard about the Lindbergh but can't exactly remember in what context. Probably a quick read.

The Brooks-Dalton is a review copy from a publisher, a post-apocalyptic novel featuring an astronaut and a scientist. It sounded kind of like a less funny version of that tv show, Last Man on Earth. I was up for it!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reading Envy 059: Are You Inspired Yet?

Jenny follows through on her 2016 reading goals and brings you another book speed dating project! This time, she is determined to be more cutthroat.

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Books discussed:


Heart of the Original by Steve Aylett
Murder in the Stacks by Marion Havighurst
The Curfew by Jesse Ball
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
The Believers by Zoë Heller
Surpassing the Love of Men by Lillian Faderman
Ophelia and the Great Idea by Deborah Levy
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Related Episodes:
Episode 015 - The Time for Exclaiming Over Costumes with Jean and Karen
Episode 036 - The Reader Sense of Ann VanderMeer with guest Ann VanderMeer
Episode 035 - Speed Dating Books
Episode 047 - Sex with Elvis: Bonus Book Speed Dating Episode 
Episode 050 - Open to Suggestion bonus episode 
Episode 056 - The Wall of Romance 
 
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Library Books Mid-May 2016

The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry
The Front Seat Passenger by Pascal Garnier
You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories by Alice Walker
The Door by Magda Szabo
Some Day by Shemi Zarhin
The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston
Upstairs at the Strand: Writers in Conversation by Jessica Strand
Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Arcadia by Iain Pears

I am teaching a reading class in the month of May for our May Experience term. Two of these books are in genres I haven't yet read - sports and Amish romance. I haven't decided which way to go so I may go both ways and read the Bissinger and the Clipston.

The McKenzie is on the Baileys shortlist, the Okorafor is on the Arthur C. Clarke shortlist (but I have read other books by her, and The Book of Phoenix is the prequel to my favorite, Who Fears Death.) The Moody just jumped out at me while at the public library, as did the Pears (I had tried the audio and couldn't get into it but still was intrigued by the description... I suspect this author may just not be for me....)

I requested the McCarry, the Garnier, the Walker, and the Zarhin through interlibrary loan. I loved the first Paul Christopher novel, and came across the Zarhin on a publisher's website sale. The Walker is the May read for a feminist book club in Goodreads; I've read poetry by Walker before but not short stories.

I have been wanting to read the Szabo but haven't cracked it yet. Robyn, my amazing co-worker with impeccable book taste, thought I might want to read the Strand so she saved it for me. I've dipped into one interview and enjoyed it, so I will likely read it in chunks between other things.